TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Glee,” 8 p.m., Fox.
Five years ago, Rachel was a small-town teen who was ignored
(at best) or mocked, trying to spark a ragged glee club. And now? Tonight’s
episode sees her star in a “Funny Girl” revival on Broadway.
That’s perfect for Lea Michele, who plays her; at 27, she’s
already done four Broadway shows. Now Rachel’s Ohio friends show up for opening
night, in an episode that includes Will, Sue and Sam.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE II: “American Masters: A Fierce Green
Fire,” 9 p.m., PBS (check local listings).
On the 45th Earth Day, this documentary reminds
us how thoroughly life has changed.
In the American West, national parks were crippled by dams;
the Grand Canyon was barely spared. In New York State, a study showed 56
percent of children near a chemical-laden canal had birth defects; at first,
that was dismissed as coincidence. In the Amazon, an opponent of de-forestation
was slain. Back then, issues seemed simple; Richard Nixon was an
environmentalist. Now, this strong film says, things are tangled; climate
change is “the impossible issue – impossible to deal with, impossible to
TONIGHT’S ALTERNATIVE: “Fargo,” 10 p.m., FX.
Last week, a delicious pile of coincidences descended on
mild-mannered Lester. He grumbled about bully Sam Hess to odd stranger Lorne
Malvo … who promptly killed Hess. He took an uncharacteristic swing at his wife
… and killed her. He was then visited by the police chief … whom Malvo killed.
All of this is so unexpected in Bemidji, Minn., that only
one deputy (Molly) even suspects Lester. Tonight, Hess’ crime colleagues arrive
from Fargo, N.D. Malvo stirs mischief here and terror in Duluth … where a
single-dad cop (Colin Hanks) quietly regrets letting him out of a traffic
tickets. It’s another great hour.
Other choices include:
“Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011), 7:30 p.m., FX;
or “Agents of SHIELD,” 8 p.m., ABC. Marvel heroes compete for our attention.
The movie tells of Steve Rogers’ transition from World War II soldier to hero.
The ABC hour (with roots in the “Avengers” movie) sees Coulson race to save his
“The Voice,” 8 p.m., NBC. Last night’s bottom three will try
again. Only one advances to the top 10.
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS.
In the middle of a murder case, Gibbs leaves to help his father (Ralph Waite).
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS. This rerun has Sam and
Callan working with an elite Nepali soldier who specializes in knives. Ernie
Reyes Jr. – the young karate star of the long-ago “Sidekicks” series and
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II” movie – is the guest star.
“New Girl,” 9 p.m., Fox. What happens when lots of
restaurant menus get dumped at the loft’s door? Tonight, that leads to a series
of bizarre events
“The Mindy Project,” 9:30, Fox. A cop (Tim Daly) is angry
when Mindy gives his daughter birth-control. Also, a rabbi might send a lot of
business … because he assumes Danny is Jewish.
“Celebrity Wife Swap,” 10 p.m., ABC. In Las Vegas, Robin
Leach lives the sort of life he described in “Lifestyles of the Rich and
Famous,” with champagne and elegant dinners. In Los Angeles, Eric Roberts lives
a quieter life, with a squirrel sanctuary. Now Roberts’ wife Eliza (a busy
actress) switches with Leach’s friend Joan Severance, an actress and former top